Susanna Barla is a creative director, brand specialist and a trend forecaster. As a business executive and strategic advisor to brands, institutions, and startups, this involves facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between clients, understanding business strategy, marketing and communications strategy, design strategy, and how to integrate it all together. But more than any of that, she’s a passionate environmentalist and philanthropist.
What brings it all together is her mission to re-connect people to be in harmony with nature. In order to reach this goal, she employs a strategy inspired by the Nordic Economic model, but adapted to the UK, the US and the rest of the world.
In 2016 she also founded the AYD foundation, a platform devoted to raising awareness of, and giving financial aid assistance for, refugees, as well as to provide long term solutions for them to exist in the world.
Her next step is to bring together initiatives, private and non-profit foundations and brands: creating new business models for future generations. Susanna’s commitment to partnerships sees her frequently on the road building strategic relationships with businesses, impact funds and brands, and includes investments, sponsorships, and new business ventures. With her prior success in marketing luxury products, she wants to bring the same methods to the world of environmentalism – with the ultimate goal of consulting the world’s giant corporates on how to become more eco-conscious. Her motto? “Compete with brands and make caring the new currency”.
Susanna holds a BA cum laude from University of the Arts London (London College of Fashion).
Her 14+ years experience working in brand & business development, marketing & communications, as well as in creative direction in the luxury fashion and design sectors, have led to her working with numerous brands and clients: Maison Martin Margiela, Paule Ka, Rick Owens, Louis Vuitton, White Cube, BMW, Minotti, DDB Worldwide Communications Group.
Jevan Tan resides in Singapore, graduating with a BA and MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In an earlier professional career, he worked as the Regional Country Head of a well known US Investment Bank, Morgan Stanley International. Currently, Mr Tan incubates new companies and has private equity interests in oil and gas, mining and natural resource developments, food and pharmaceutical distribution, construction and building materials, hotels and real estate developments. He holds various key positions in educational institutions and community organizations in Singapore, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and India. As an extension of his work with the youth in Singapore, Mr Tan and his associates intend to establish a non-profit Sustainability Institution and Foundation in Singapore. The organization will have an emphasis on Asia, focusing on sustainability research & analysis, management consulting & financial advisory, and private equity investments . They will also continue to expand their educational life skills and sustainability.
Beginning his career at Morgan Stanley working in the Mergers & Acquisitions / Asset Management team in London, Mr. Ramsauer has years of experience as a senior financial advisor for private equity investment activities in the global oil & gas sector. Last year on a holiday in the beautiful South Pacific, he was confronted first-hand with man made climate change: when he witnessed a group of islands near the Solomon Islands that have sunk in the oceans, a place he visited as recently as the 90s. This led to 360 degree change in his life. Now, he wants to use his experience in private equity to help create new forms of investment that can help the world, from divesting in fossil fuels to social venture capital.
In his previous line of work, Robert was involved in the execution of the firm’s investments in Kronos, Ipreo, Optiv, Knight Capital Group, BankUnited, PBF Energy, Exeter Finance, Cine UK, Kabel BW, Performance Food Group, Lendmark, Kabelnetz NRW to name a few.
Robert received a B.Sc. in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.